Last weekend Matt and I ran a very successful (even if we do say so ourselves) Malifaux event at Wayland Games. Its one of the ongoing Showdown series of events that we run and has been growing steadily event on event. This one pulled in a fantastic 48 players.
Now according to the MIND website approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and in England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.
Just think about that.
It means on average 12 of the people playing games that weekend will have a mental health problem this year. Thats a lot of people. But thats if we just take the average.
Now think about the sort of folks who tend to be gamers. We tend to be just ever so slightly out of step with ‘mainstream’ society, hence the nerdy and geeky tags the hobby often gets labeled with, so what do you think about what that probably means about the mental health of a typical bunch of gamers.
Of my close gaming friends nearly all of them have some form of mental illness (no jokes please about how they have to have to be friends with me). They might not talk about it publicly but it’s there. Depression, Social , Suicidal Thoughts and worse.
It as also affected my family life as my eldest daughter has (and still is) suffering. Every day is a battle for her and I am so proud of how she has pulled her life back from the brink and continues to get up each day.
So with all this in mind (no pun intended) we at Fools Daily have decided that we are going to do what we can in our own little way to support MIND. At the event last weekend we held a raffle as we normally do but this time we allowed folks to buy extra raffle tickets and their amazing generosity meant that we raised £150. Thats fantastic but I’m sure we can do better.
From now on every Fools Daily organised event will have some sort of charity focused component and at our Xmas Malifaux Story Encounter, all proceeds including ticket prices and the super duper charity auction that we are organising will go to MIND.
Right, seriousness over, silliness will resume soon but thanks very much for reading.